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Julian Prégardien, Éric Le Sage, Sandrine Piau - Schumann: Dichterliebe (2019)

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Julian Prégardien, Éric Le Sage, Sandrine Piau - Schumann: Dichterliebe (2019)

Julian Prégardien, Éric Le Sage, Sandrine Piau - Schumann: Dichterliebe (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 233 Mb | Total time: 66:15 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha Classics | # ALPHA457 | Recorded: 2018

Julian Prégardien decided to record the Dichterliebe cycle after he came across the new Bärenreiter edition; he went on to explore the work in concerts with his constant accompanist, Eric Le Sage, inserting other works by Robert and also by Clara Schumann, whose bicentenary is celebrated in 2019. When Clara played the Dichterliebe in the 1860s, she used to slip extracts from Kreisleriana between the songs. Eric Le Sage records the same extracts on a Blüthner piano of 1856, the year of Robert’s death, and also to include Romances composed by both Robert and Clara at a time when their future marriage was still uncertain. The sublime ballade Löwenbraut also forms part of the programme – a reminder of the young Robert’s anguish on Clara’s departure.

Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti [5CDs] (2008)

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Gerard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti [5CDs] (2008)

Gérard Lesne, Il Seminario Musicale - French and Italian Cantatas: Bononcini, Caldara, Handel, A.Scarlatti (2008)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 1.44 Gb | Total time: 05:25:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Classics | # 0946 3 95153 2 5 | Recorded: 1990-1998

The cantata, to some extent, is a development from the madrigal that appeared in Italy at the start of the seventeenth century. While the madrigal was refined and delicate, the cantata evolved because composers felt the need to introduce a dramatic narrative element into vocal chamber music and thusly the music took a lighter, wittier turn.
Scarlatti is considered as one if the initiators, and also one of the reformers of this genre, whose outlines he established. In his cantatas for a single solo voice and continuo, Scarlatti treats the latter as a true partner of the voice.

Gianluca Capuano, Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco - Handel: Ariodante (2021/2017) [BDRip]

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Gianluca Capuano, Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco - Handel: Ariodante (2021/2017) [BDRip]

Gianluca Capuano, Les Musiciens du Prince-Monaco - Handel: Ariodante (2021/2017) [BDRip]
BluRay-rip | AVC | MKV 1280x720 / 2762 kbps / 29,970 fps | 216 min | 4,87 Gb
Audio: Italiano / AC3 / 6ch / 48.0 KHz / 448 Kbps
Classical | Unitel Edition | Sub: Italian, English, German, French, Korean, Japanese

At Salzburg Festival, Cecilia Bartoli shines as Ariodante with her dazzling coloratura in a highly acclaimed new production by the German director Christoph Loy, who is known for his clever psychological stagings. Loy turns Handel's splendid baroque opera into an exciting and differentiated reflection on gender roles. A high-class ensemble, first and foremost a brilliant Cecilia Bartoli in the trouser role of the knight Ariodante who effortlessly switches between cheerful and lamenting virtuoso singing makes the production a true triumph. At her side perform audience favourite Rolando Villazón as Lurcano and young American soprano Kathryn Lewek, praised by critics as a „true discovery“ (Neue Zürcher Zeitung).

Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2021)

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Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2021)

Jonathan Cohen, Arcangelo - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 863 Mb | Total time: 160:46 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # ALPHA 644 | Recorded: 2020

Barthold Heinrich Brockes wrote a libretto on the Passion of Christ – based on the account in Matthew’s Gospel – which was set to music by many composers of his time, including Reinhard Keiser, Georg Philip Telemann and George Frideric Handel. It is Handel’s version of the latter that the period-instrument ensemble Arcangelo has chosen to present here. Under the direction of Jonathan Cohen, these specialists in the Baroque repertory are joined by the voices of Sandrine Piau, whose numerous Handel recordings are regarded as a benchmark, the tenor Stuart Jackson and the baritone Konstantin Krimmel, recently revealed in a debut recital for Alpha.

Arcangelo & Jonathan Cohen - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2021)

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Arcangelo & Jonathan Cohen - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2021)

Arcangelo & Jonathan Cohen - Handel: Brockes-Passion (2021)
WEB FLAC (tracks) - 884 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 371 Mb | Digital booklet | 02:40:44
Classical, Opera | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

Barthold Heinrich Brockes wrote a libretto on the Passion of Christ – based on the account in Matthew’s Gospel – which was set to music by many composers of his time, including Reinhard Keiser, Georg Philip Telemann and George Frideric Handel. It is Handel’s version of the latter that the period-instrument ensemble Arcangelo has chosen to present here. Under the direction of Jonathan Cohen, these specialists in the Baroque repertory are joined by the voices of Sandrine Piau, whose numerous Handel recordings are regarded as a benchmark, the tenor Stuart Jackson and the baritone Konstantin Krimmel, recently revealed in a debut recital for Alpha (Saga, ALPHA549). Together they resurrect the operatic splendour of a work that was first performed in 1719 and is thought to have influenced numerous passages of J. S. Bach’s St John Passion, written a few years later.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Mozart: Betulia liberata (2020)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Mozart: Betulia liberata (2020)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Mozart: Betulia liberata (2020)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 635 Mb | Total time: 66:52+65:12 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Aparté | # AP235 | Recorded: 2019

Composed in 1771 to a libretto by Metastasio tracing the well-known biblical story of Judith and Holofernes, La Betulia liberata was Mozart’s first oratorio. Often described as a stroke of genius, this recording by Les Talens Lyriques and Christophe Rousset, with Sandrine Piau, Amanda Forsythe and Teresa Iervolino, shows the dramatic intensity of which he was already capable at the age of just fifteen and the influence of his early experiences with opera.

Sandrine Piau, Orchestre Victor Hugo & Jean-François Verdier - Clair-Obscur (2021)

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Sandrine Piau, Orchestre Victor Hugo & Jean-François Verdier - Clair-Obscur (2021)

Sandrine Piau, Orchestre Victor Hugo & Jean-François Verdier - Clair-Obscur (2021)
MP3 CBR 320 kbps | Digital booklet | 00:50:42 | 119 Mb
Classical, Vocal | Label: Alpha Classics, Outhere Music

‘The dreamer! That double of our existence, that chiaroscuro of the thinking being’, wrote Gaston Bachelard in 1961. ‘The old is dying, the new cannot be born, and in that chiaroscuro, monsters appear’, adds Antonio Gramsci. Sandrine Piau has chosen to use these two quotations as an epigraph to her new recording: ‘My family and friends know about this obsession that never leaves me completely. The antagonism between light and darkness. The chiaroscuro, the space in between…’ This programme, recorded with the Orchestre Victor Hugo under its conductor Jean-François Verdier, who is also principal clarinettist of the Paris Opéra, travels between the chilly Rhenish forest of Waldgespräch, a ballad by Zemlinsky composed for soprano and small ensemble in 1895, the night of the first of Berg’s Seven Early Songs (1905-08), and the sunlight of Richard Strauss’s Morgen, which are followed by the Four Last Songs, composed in 1948, the first two of which, Frühling and September (evoking spring and autumn respectively) are also, as Sandrine Piau concludes, ‘the seasons of life’.

Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Haydn 2032 No. 9: L'Addio (2021)

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Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Haydn 2032 No. 9: L'Addio (2021)

Giovanni Antonini, Il Giardino Armonico - Haydn 2032 No. 9: L'Addio (2021)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 333 Mb | Total time: 77:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # ALPHA 684 | Recorded: 2020

This ninth volume of the Haydn2032 series focuses on the composers psychological subtlety in its focus on a central work: his Symphony no.45, known as the Abschieds-Symphonie (Farewell Symphony), composed in 1772. It is said to have got its nickname from a symbolic message Haydn conveyed to Prince Esterházy when he and his orchestra were required to stay longer than planned in the Princes summer residence. On the occasion of the symphonys first performance, Haydn had arranged for the musicians to leave their places one by one during the final Adagio.

Sandrine Piau, Le Concert de la Loge, Julien Chauvin - Si j'ai aimé (2019)

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Sandrine Piau, Le Concert de la Loge, Julien Chauvin - Si j'ai aimé (2019)

Sandrine Piau, Le Concert de la Loge, Julien Chauvin - Si j'ai aimé (2019)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 254 Mb | Total time: 59:25 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Alpha | # ALPHA 445 | Recorded: 2019

Soprano Sandrine Piau has been known mostly as a Baroque specialist, but she has recorded several albums of 19th century French mélodies with spectacular results. Si j'ai aimé (the title comes from one of three songs by the little-known Théodore Dubois) will be very hard for her to outdo. The list of attractions is very long and begins with the repertory. There are some familiar pieces here, such as the opening pair of songs by Saint-Saëns, but many of the composers – Dubois, Charles Bordes, Alexandre Guilmant – are rarely performed, at least outside France, and all the songs here are top-notch.

Ophélie Gaillard, Sandrine Piau & Pulcinella Orchestra - Boccherini: Cello Concertos, Stabat Mater & Quintet (2019)

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Ophélie Gaillard, Sandrine Piau & Pulcinella Orchestra - Boccherini: Cello Concertos, Stabat Mater & Quintet (2019)

Ophélie Gaillard, Sandrine Piau & Pulcinella Orchestra - Boccherini: Cello Concertos, Stabat Mater & Quintet (2019)
EAC Rip | FLAC (tracks+log+.cue) - 514 Mb | MP3 CBR 320 kbps - 274 Mb | Digital booklet | 01:57:34
Classical | Label: Aparté

Cellist Ophélie Gaillard and Pulcinella Orchestra focus on Luigi Boccherini, Italian composer and first virtuoso cellist in history. Born in the Tuscany, Boccherini then went to the Court of Prussa and Spain. His musical education looks like a journey around Europe, as it used to be.

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah (2019)

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Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah (2019)

Hervé Niquet, Le Concert Spirituel - Handel: Messiah (2019)
NTSC 16:9 (720x480) | English (Dolby AC3, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 6.63 Gb (DVD9) | 117 min
Classical | Château de Versailles | Sub.: Francais, English, Deutsch

The resounding success Handel’s Messiah encountered the first time it was presented in Dublin in 1742 set the scene for its future. The oratorio depicts the Sacred History of Christ in three parts: the Nativity, Christ’s Passion and Resurrection and finally, Redemption. The alternance of airs and choirs is perfect and Handel’s musical knowledge infallible. Messiah quickly became the composer’s most successful work. It was played thirty-six times during his lifetime and has continued to be presented to modern day, embodying just how majestic and sublime music can be. During its première in London, King George II was so moved by the mythical Hallelujah! that he could not help but leap to his feet, with the entire audience following his lead. In the sumptuous Royal Chapel at Versailles, Hervé Niquet leads four impassioned soloists and a tremulous choir to the height of Handel’s most resplendent baroque edifice!

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Natalie Dessay, Cecilia Bartoli - Mozart: Mitridate [1999]

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Natalie Dessay, Cecilia Bartoli -  Mozart: Mitridate [1999]

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques, Giuseppe Sabbatini, Natalie Dessay, Cecilia Bartoli - Mozart: Mitridate [1999]
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 789 Mb | Total time: 174:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Decca | # 460 772-2 | Recorded: 1998

This full-length opera seria–written by Mozart at age 14–has had some strong recorded exposure in the past, but this set may bring it to a broader public than ever before. Now that Handel's operas in the same genre are much more in evidence, what once might've seemed like the work of an underdeveloped dramatist is only Mozart maintaining the status quo, which is a long, expository, musically conservative first act followed by two shorter acts with much more individualistic arias, some of them exquisite and among the composer's very best. Conductor Christophe Rousset is perfect for finding the dramatic center of every moment.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Handel: Serse (2005)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Handel: Serse (2005)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Handel: Serse (2005)
NTSC 4:3 (720x480) | Italiano (LinearPCM, 2 ch) | (Dolby AC3, 6 ch) | 160 min | 7,84 Gb (DVD9)
Classical | Label: EuroArts | Sub: English, Deutsch, Francais, Italiano, Espanol | Recorded: 2000

Handel's opera recorded live at the Semperoper, Dresden, in June 2000. Equal parts comedy, tragedy and romance, the story revolves around the love both Xerses, King of the Persians, and his brother Arsamenes have for Romilda. Christophe Rousset conducts Les Talens Lyriques, with performances by Paula Rasmussen, Ann Hallenberg, Patricia Bardon, Isabel Bayrakdarian and Matteo Peirone.

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Les Fêtes de Paphos (1997)

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Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Les Fêtes de Paphos (1997)

Christophe Rousset, Les Talens Lyriques - Jean Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville: Les Fêtes de Paphos (1997)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 877 Mb | Total time: 59:20+52:12+55:33 | Scans included
Classical | Label: l’Oiseau-Lyre | 455 064-2 | Recorded: 1996

Les fêtes de Paphos (The Festivals of Paphos) is an opéra-ballet in three acts (or entrées) by the French composer Jean-Joseph Cassanéa de Mondonville. The work was described as a ballet héroïque on the title page of the printed score. Each act had a different librettist. Les fêtes de Paphos was first performed at the Académie royale de musique, Paris on 9 May 1758 and was a popular success. Mondonville recycled material from two of his previous operas for the first two acts, namely Erigone (1747) and Vénus et Adonis (1752), both originally composed for Madame de Pompadour's Théâtre des Petits Cabinets. The title of the work is explained in the preface to the printed score. Paphos was a city in Cyprus sacred to Venus, the goddess of love. "Reunited on the island of Paphos, Venus, Bacchus and Cupid decide to enliven their leisure in such a pleasant location by celebrating their first loves, and this gives rise to the following three acts and the title Les fêtes de Paphos."

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodrigo (1999)

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Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodrigo (1999)

Alan Curtis, Il Complesso Barocco - Handel: Rodrigo (1999)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue & Log) ~ 787 Mb | Total time: 79:15+75:34 | Scans included
Classical | Label: Virgin Veritas ‎| 5 45897 2 | Recorded: 1997

Until recently, so much of this first opera that Handel wrote for Italy was lost that it was unviable to stage it. The rediscovery of the missing material, a triumph of scholarly detective work, reveals the confident high spirits which characterise so much of Handel’s music during his Italian visit. It lacks the instrumental colours of his more lavish London productions, with many arias supported by continuo alone. All are here, complete (even six which Handel himself discarded), but many are brief and, under Curtis’s lively direction, the dramatic tension builds up splendidly.